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Three Tennessee contestants advance on 'The Voice'

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Nashville native Nolan Neal performed Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” NBC photo Nashville native Nolan Neal performed Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” NBC photo

(WBIR) - Three singers with Tennessee ties advanced beyond the Tuesday night’s blind auditions in season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

After not making the cut last season, Nashville native Nolan Neal performed Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” All four judges – Adam LeVine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton - turned their chairs to watch Neal sing. Neal currently lives in Los Angeles.

“You said if I came back and did a different song, and picked you that we’d win the show,” Neal said to Levine. “That’s what you said.”

Neal ended up picking LeVine as his coach. 

“I don’t know what happened between last season and this season, but you’re going to be the first guy, who went home last season and who won this season,” LeVine said to Neal.

The other judges also had encouraging remarks for Neal’s performance.

“Something about your voice took me home because my dad actually has a voice kind of like yours,” Cyrus said. 

“People think of him as a country singer and I feel like he’s not. I feel like he’s like a rock singer to me, and that’s kind of what I heard in your voice.”

“You are made of the thing that inspires the next generation to reach inside of themselves and like find their voice,” Alicia Keys said. “Like you are a classic all-timer that’s the type of voice that you have.

“You’re already an accomplished vocalist,” Shelton said. “There’s not a lot that any of us is going to have to say that could affect how great you already are.”

Neal did make the cut during season 10 of “The Voice” when he performed the Incubus song “Drive.”

Shelton was able to get Nashville duo Josh Gallagher and Preston James on his team. Shelton had to persuade Gallagher to join his team over Keys.

“You have a beautiful voice, and to me, country, the blues and soul are all brothers,” Keys said to Gallagher. “So, this whole idea because you’re from Nashville you can only go with Blake, I would strongly suggest that you make another decision.”

Gallagher performed Brothers Osborne song “Stay a Little Longer.” The Johnsontown, PA, has lived in Nashville for about two years.

“I’ve been having records on the radio for 16 years now,” Shelton said to Gallagher. “The most fun for me, at this point, is to be able to help this next group of country artists that are coming along, and help open doors from them.”

James covered Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody to Blame.”

“To come out here and cover a Chris Stapleton song, that’s exciting for me,” Shelton said to James. “Man, you knocked it out of the park.”

Dan Shafer, 56, Mount Juliet also advanced passed the blind auditions of "The Voice" during the Sept. 21 show.

“The Voice” airs on Channel 3 Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET.

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